Almost every week we hear about new developments in automatic language processing and machine translation. The world of computer-assisted translation is developing fast, with the quality of results improving every day.
Translation is one of the world’s oldest professions, but the job has changed significantly in recent years. A generation ago, translators might have relied on their trusty dictionaries, thesauruses and typewriters as the tools of their trade.
For newcomers to the field, the choice of Machine Translation (MT) engines available is mind-boggling: rule-based, statistical, example-based, hybrid, multi-engine, system combination-based. We developers shouldn’t wonder why buyers are confused about the range of products and services available today.
Today more and more businesses are operating in an international marketplace – whether they want to or not! With the internet breaking down national borders, companies face competition from foreign companies in their domestic markets. And many are looking abroad, often towards emerging markets, for new opportunities.
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Advancements in technology and word processing are seeing machine language translation take the traditional transfer of content from one language into another to a different level. Nowadays, the translation of set phrases and keywords from almost any language combination is just a simple click away. Yet, many a translator will have an opinion about the quality of that ‘different level’ and the question remains; is machine translation a long-lost friend to be treasured or a foe waiting to strike?
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Tom Shaw, Account Director and Machine Translation sales specialist, explores the concept of customised post-editing levels. Combined with automatic translation tools, these can result in a win-win situation for clients and translators.
Quality is a top priority for most translation buyers – but that doesn’t mean they all have the same expectations. While some are looking for a word-perfect translation of a technical manual, others want a more creative approach to their press releases or brochures. And for real-time communication, speed is also a big consideration.